LUMBERTON — If you can’t stand the heat, well, stay inside — at least until some less blistering conditions arrive .
Robeson County is in Day 2 of a heat wave, with temperatures expected to bump 100 again today. Temperatures like that can be dangerous, according to Shannon Hershberger, a physician’s assistant at Southeastern Urgent Care in Pembroke.
Hershberger recommends that for those who can’t avoid the outdoors, drink water or Gatorade, take plenty of rest breaks, wear light and loose clothing and apply sunblock.
If you feel faint or dizzy, find shade, drink water and go to the nearest emergency department, as it could you could be suffering heatstroke or heat exhaustion.
Construction workers had to brave the heat Tuesday while working on the new Lumberton Drug Store on Fayetteville Road.
“We just come in early and try to beat it,” said Frankie Baxley, the project manager. “That’s all you can do.”
Here are some tips from from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for dealing with the heat.
— Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place.
— Don’t leave babies, children, or pets in cars, not even for a short time. Heat can kill quickly.
— Drink more fluids. If your doctor has limited your fluid intake or if you’re taking “water pills,” check with your doctor first.
— Don’t drink liquids containing alcohol or lots of sugar. Those drinks may make you lose more body fluid.
— Avoid very cold drinks, which can cause stomach cramps.
— If you sweat heavily, you may need to replace salt and minerals. A sports beverage may help, but if you’re on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking sports drinks or taking salt tablets.
— If you have to be outside, try to limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours, and try to rest in shady areas.
— If you must go outside, wear sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and eyeglasses.
— Use a buddy system if you’re working in the heat. Look out for your co-workers and have someone do the same for you.
— Check up on high-risk people, including kids, the eldery, and people who are ill. Visit at-risk adults at least twice daily. Babies and kids need much more frequent checks.
— Provide your pets with plenty of fresh water in a shady area.